AUTHOR: Michelle Zink
SLATED RELEASE DATE: November 2013 (Dial/Penguin– North America)
OFFICIAL BLURB: Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.
The voodoo business.
Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.
She doesn’t believe.
Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.
But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.
Including her own.
As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.
COMMENTS: So glad Michelle’s coming back to YA – and this sounds like a delightful use of the urban fantasy genre we see so much in adult lit for YA. She also seems to have a thing with guilds and secret societies, but that’s cool, because those things are pretty fascinating, and I can’t wait to see if the one here has any connections to others in her past works. Wouldn’t that be cool? As for the cover – simple but gorgeous. Absolutely loving it. I can’t wait until November!